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Thailand's History

... Inthrahit, ascended to the throne. Under the Ramkhamhaeng King, Sukhothai had strong friendship with neighboring China. Ramkhamhaeng King organized a writing system which became the basis for writing and eventually developed to be the modern Thai alphabet. Ayutthaya Period(1351-1767) Ayutthaya, the capital of the Thai Kingdom was found by U-Thong King in 1350. Ayutthaya as an island is formed by the gathering of three rivers, the Chao Phraya, the Pasak, and the Loburi and surrounded by rice terraces. It ...

2014.07.07 Tokugawa Museum donated for restoring Ayutthaya’s cultural heritage temple

... President of the Tokugawa Museum, together with Mrs. Maki Tokugawa, Director, met with Ambassador Thanatip Upatising to deliver 3-million-yen donation and Mrs. Tokugawa’s individual donation of 1 million yen for restoring Wat Sala Poon, an old temple in Ayutthaya.  The donation will be made through Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture of Thailand. The foundation has assisted in restoring cultural properties domestically and internationally, to preserve historical documents, handicraft and antiques....

Thailand –Japan Relations

          Historical and commercial ties between Thailand and Japan can be traced back over 600 years to the 14th century when trade was conducted between Siam and Ryukyu Kingdom (Okinawa). The number of merchants going to Ayutthaya increased in the 16th century and with the issuance of trade licenses (trade by Red-Seal Ships) by the Tokugawa Government in 1604, trade between the two countries flourished. The Japanese were granted permission by the King to reside in Ayutthaya,...

2013.07.09 Tokugawa Museum donated for restoring Ayutthaya’s cultural heritage temples

On 9 July 2013, Mr. Narimasa Tokugawa, President of the Tokugawa Museum, met with Ambassador Thanatip Upatising to deliver 1-million-yen donation for preserving cultural properties.  Wat Sala Poon and Wat Chang Yai, two old temples in Ayutthaya, one of Thailand’s World Heritage sites, were granted restoration assistance by the foundation.  The donation will be made through Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture of Thailand. The foundation has assisted in restoring cultural properties ...

10.07 The 27th Japan-Thailand Nagamasa Festival

... leaflets about Thai tourism, culture and food. This year’s festival was even more special as the year 2012 marks the 125 th anniversary of Japan - Thailand diplomatic relations and the 400 th anniversary of Nagamasa Yamada’s landing on the soil of Ayutthaya. Yamada was a Japanese samurai who traveled to Thailand in Ayutthaya period, served for the Thai Army and was later granted a title of “Okya Senaphimuk”. Many Japanese and Thai residents in Shizuoka area  participated in the festival and ...

08.31 Ambassador visited Shizuoka and joined Shizuoka Thai Festival

... Japan-Thailand Association in holding the Thai Festival.  He further emphasized close historical relations between Thailand and Shizuoka, especially through Nagamasa Yamada, the Japanese samurai from Shizuoka who served in the Royal Thai army during Ayutthaya period and was granted a title of “Okya Senaphimoc”.  In regards to economic relations, the Ambassador mentioned about more than 130 Japanese companies from Shizuoka investing in Thailand and 50,000 Shizuoka tourists visiting Thailand per ...

Ambassador paid a courtesy call on Okinawa Governor and Chairman of the Okinawa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

... Both sides discussed ways and means to further strengthen cooperation between Thailand and Okinawa, especially in the fields of economic, social and culture. Okinawa Prefecture and Thailand had long and cordial relations for more than 600 years since Ayutthaya era. We share many common ways of living and economic condition. Okinawa Prefecture wishes that the Thai government would help to promote tourism industry between two countries as well as to establish sister city relationship with Phuket.

The 34th Japan-Thailand Nagamasa Festival

... Japan-Thailand Nagamasa Festival in Sengen Street, Shizuoka Prefecture. The Minister Counsellor gave an opening speech and participated in the parade and worship ceremony for Yamada Nagamasa, a Japanese adventurer who gained considerable influence in the Ayutthaya Kingdom of Thailand at the beginning of the 17th century. In this event, there were several Thai food and products presented. Thai cultural performance and lucky draw were supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Honorary Consul of Thailand in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture paid a courtesy call on the Ambassador

... to enhance trade, investment and tourism between the two countries. Mr. Sakumoto has been the Honorary Consul of Thailand in Naha City since 2002. He is the president of the Zuisen Distillery Co., Ltd. which produces Awamori that originated in the Ayutthaya Period in Thailand. In addition, Awamori is the only Japanese alcohol which is made from Thai rice.

The Ambassador visited Okinawa

... Crowne Plaza Okinawa Harborview Hotel. The Chairman of the Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association and the Governor also participated in this event. Awamori is an alcohol made from Thai rice using the traditional method, which began production in the Ayutthaya period and it is a symbol of Thailand-Japan relations.
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